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Tequila

Tequila is a Mexican spirit, made with the blue agave or “agave tequilana” from where the drink gets its name. Tequila is produced in the area surrounding the city of the same name, and in the Mexican highlands.

Tequila was first produced in the 1500s, near what is now the city of Tequila. The agave plant had been used in the preparation of alcoholic drinks for centuries; in fact the Aztecs had made a fermented drink from it called octli. In around 1600, the Marquis of Altamira, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, first mass produced tequilas in a factory he founded in Jalisco.

The agave plant is still harvested by hand, by workers called "jimadores" They work carefully to harvest the small Agave offspring without damaging the parent plant. The exact time of the harvest is very important, because if the agave plants are gathered too early in the season, the natural sugars will have yet to develop, and if it is gathered too late, the natural sugars will have already been used up by the plant.

The agave plants are then shredded and pressed and the juices are fermented in vats. More traditional companies still crush the plants with an old-fashioned stone wheel.

The fermented juices are distilled, usually twice, though sometimes three times. Tequila is often barrel aged, and this helps develop the flavours and aromas of the drink.

Montezuma Gold Tequila

70cl, 40%
Montezuma

Produced by the Montezuma company, this is a gold-coloured Reposado tequila which was aged in oak for less than two months before bottling.  More info

Montezuma Gold Tequila
$22.40

Montezuma White Tequila

70cl, 38%
Montezuma

Produced by the Montezuma company, this is a Blanco Tequila with a crisp tangy palate. It's great value for money and will work very nicely in cocktails.  More info

Montezuma White Tequila
1
$19.28

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

A blanco single estate tequila produced for Ocho's selection, using agave plants which were grown at Rancho La Latilla. The resulting tequila is richly herbaceous, with touches of roasted fruit and…  More info

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)
1
$23.88

Ocho Curado Tequila

50cl, 40%
Ocho

An astonishing new Tequila from Ocho, this was created by the legendary Tomas Estes, and is the first of its kind. This incredible spirit is distilled as usual, before being infused with natural…  More info

Ocho Curado Tequila
3
$25.94

Ocho Extra Añejo El Carrizal 2009 Harvest

70cl, 40%
Ocho

El Carrizal is a single estate tequila from Ocho. It was made from agave plants harvested at Rancho La Carrizal and was aged in oak for more than three years before bottling. Very good indeed.  More info

Ocho Extra Añejo El Carrizal 2009 Harvest
$101.24

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2014 (La Magueyera)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Single estate tequila from the wonderful Ocho range. This edition comes from the La Magueyera estate (no prizes for knowing that the name is derived from the Maguey plant). The resulting Reposado…  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2014 (La Magueyera)
$24.11

Ocho Single Barrel - Los Fresnos Añejo - 2013 Harvest

70cl, 54.50%
Ocho

A single barrel, 2013 harvest bottling of Añejo tequila from the Ocho range. This edition comes from Rancho Los Fresnos, which was distilled at Destileria La Altena and matured in the cask for 12…  More info

Ocho Single Barrel - Los Fresnos Añejo - 2013 Harvest
$85.18

Ocho Single Estate - La Maguyera Añejo - 2014 Harvest

70cl, 40%
Ocho

Single estate tequila from the Ocho brand. This Añejo comes from La Maguyera's 2014 Harvest. Sure to be an enjoyable sip for tequila fans.  More info

Ocho Single Estate - La Maguyera Añejo - 2014 Harvest
$56.93

Olmeca Altos Plata

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

Made of 100% agave from Los Altos, high up in Jalisco, Mexico, Olmeca Altos Plata is a blanco tequila, perfect for margaritas.  More info

Olmeca Altos Plata
$35.95

Olmeca Altos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

An award winning Reposado, including a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Plus, let's face it, the bottle is pretty spiffy!  More info

Olmeca Altos Reposado
$41.14

Olmeca Blanco

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

A silver tequila from Olmeca, this is unaged tequila from the Jalisco highlands. Great in a margarita.  More info

Olmeca Blanco
$25.37

Olmeca Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

Made using hand-harvested, hand-selected Agave, this reposado Tequila has rested in Oak barrels for over 1 year prior to release.  More info

Olmeca Reposado Tequila
$25.87

Patrón Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

An aged tequila from perhaps the best-known quality producer in Mexico. The bottle itself is a hand-made piece of art, but the contents are truly sublime.  More info

Patrón Añejo
5
$60.05

Patrón Reposado

70cl, 40%
Patrón

Patrón Reposado is aged in oak for around 6 months. A great sipping Tequila, this also makes a fantastic Margarita. Each bottle is hand filled, signed and uniquely numbered.  More info

Patrón Reposado
1
$52.58

Patrón Silver

70cl, 40%
Patrón

A top quality silver tequila from Patrón, this is fresh, crisp and very well rounded, with a touch of oak in the palate. Each bottle is signed and numbered, as well as bottled by hand.  More info

Patrón Silver
3
$49.97

Sauza Añejo Conmemorativo

70cl, 40%
Sauza

Super-premium tequila without the super-premium price tag.  More info

Sauza Añejo Conmemorativo
$26.30

Sauza Extra Añejo - 1970s

74cl, 40%
Sauza

"The bottled romance of Mexico" is what the label of this 1970s bottling of Sauza Extra Añejo tequila claims to be. Rare and collectible for tequila fans.  More info

Sauza Extra Añejo - 1970s
$174.09

Sauza Hornitos Añejo

70cl, 38%
Sauza

100% Blue Agave tequila aged for between 12 and 36 months in ex-Bourbon casks. Superb in a Margherita, but more than at home as a sipping tequila.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Añejo
1
$42.35

Sauza Hornitos Plata

70cl, 38%
Sauza

A fresh, fragrant silver tequila, Sauza Hornitos Plata is made without oak ageing, and is pure and herbal tasting.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Plata
$30.96

Sauza Hornitos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Sauza

100% agave tequila from one of the most consistent producers in Mexico.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Reposado
2
$29.25

Sauza Tequila Gold

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Perfect for tequila-based cocktails, Sauza Tequila Gold features bright, fresh notes of agave, cracked black pepper and a touch of citrus, with a little hint of caramel along the way. Don't forget to…  More info

Sauza Tequila Gold
$24.52

Sauza Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Unaged tequila, made from blue agave by Sauza, which was founded by Don Cenobio Sauza, one of the earliest distillers of tequila. He created the Sauza distillery all the way back in 1873. A clean,…  More info

Sauza Tequila Silver
$23.29

Sauza Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

From the famous tequila producers, Sauza, Tres Generaciones Añejo is aged in American oak for 12 months before bottling.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila
2
$66.05

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

A clean, fresh-tasting silver tequila from Sauza's premium Tres Generaciones range. This is 100% blue agave, triple distilled and very well balanced.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila
1
$57.83

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Sauza's Reposado Tequila from their premium Tres Generaciones range is a sweet, spicy spirit, triple-distilled from 100% blue agave and aged in American oak barrels for at least four months.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila
2
$60.48

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